Food, Stressful Food
Let me start with a disclaimer: I’m not looking for advice. I have my own ideas about what I’d like to feed my kid and when.
Now, on to the real stuff. I’m fascinated by the wealth of contradictory advice out there regarding what and when to feed your child. It borders on the absurd. Forget about the books for a moment. Forget about your mother’s advice, what you ate and when you ate it when you were raised. Forget about all the anecdotal evidence (both personal, secondhand, and thirdhand). Let’s, just for a brief moment, take a peek at the medical profession. I know there’s the AMA. They have opinions and suggestions about everything, right? You’d think that if all the doctors could get together and just make a decision once and for all on well, anything, we might be a little less confused. Not so.
Allow me to back up a moment. I took the little guy for his nine-month wellness visit today. If you’re a stats person, he’s 20 pounds, 2 ounces and 29 inches long. Good stuff. Anyway, the topic of food came up and the doc says I can pretty much give him anything at this point. Another disclaimer: He’s not saying I should give my kid a handful of peanuts or a bowl of popcorn. He knows I’m not a total spaz. So the issue of eggs came up. Here’s the thing…I’ve read no yolk, only yolk, and no eggs at all yet. He says they’re fine (citing some abstract research, of course). Again, I have my own opinions, but the contradictions within the medical profession alone astound me.
So I’m putting the question out there and hoping you moms and dads will post some of your experiences. What were you told about eggs, peanut butter, and any of the other controversial offenders? I have a hunch we can amass our own, albeit small, list of conflicting advice. I’d also be curious to know what your ultimate decision(s) on these things were. Please post your comments here on the blog so we can get a little chat going.
And don’t get me started on the should crawl/doesn’t need to crawl issue. That’s a whole different post entirely!